January 4, 1989 |
After only nine months as chief executive officer of Cricket Software Inc., R. Barry Schuler has resigned and been replaced by Barry M. Borden, the Malvern company said yesterday. Cricket, which creates drawing and graphing programs for the Macintosh personal computer, said Schuler's resignation was prompted by the company's rapid expansion. Last year revenues jumped 75 percent to about $10 million, Borden said. The larger company requires a chief executive officer who has more experience in operations than Schuler, whose background is marketing, Schuler said in a statement issued by the company.
December 16, 1995 |
Apple Computer Inc. stunned investors yesterday by predicting it would lose money in its current quarter because the competition has forced it to slash prices. The prediction comes despite higher sales. The warning sent the stock of the computer maker sliding 3 points, or 8 percent, as investors worried about the future of the third-largest PC maker. Apple stock fell $3 to $35.25 in active trading on Nasdaq. A loss would be Apple's first since the spring of 1993. It revived worries that Apple could attract a buyout suitor, or that the company could oust chief executive Michael Spindler.
November 6, 1997 |
It's no secret that Apple Computer, maker of the "insanely great" Macintosh personal computer, is facing some hard times. The computer manufacturer, based in Cupertino, Calif., has been losing money for several years and has laid off thousands of workers. Top executives have been resigning en mass. So, does it make sense to buy a Mac today? In short, it depends. It depends on which personal computer equipment you're currently exposed to and on your experience and expectations in general.
September 27, 1992 |
Without a computer, David Wolf has difficulty reading and understanding his assignments. "I cannot spell; and when I write it out, I don't recognize the mistakes," said Wolf, a junior at the Delaware Valley Friends School in Bryn Mawr. "But when it's typed, I can see my spelling mistakes and distinguish between run-on sentences. I'm a visual learner and I really need to see it. " After attending six schools, Wolf is finding success at Delaware Valley Friends, in part because of its computers and word-processing program.
November 15, 1987 |
A year ago, communications consultant Evan Herbert was invited to give a speech to a group of science journalists. It would have gone over fine except for one small thing - he forgot to show up. Herbert didn't think of the speech until he got that dreaded phone call: "Hey, we're all waiting! Where are you?" A missed appointment may be the most humiliating mistake in business, and it can damage both credibility and career. You can jot a meeting down in your appointment book and on your calendar, and stick Post-It notes all over the wall.
January 25, 1996 |
Could it really happen? Could Apple Computer Co., an institution as American as, well, apple pie, really fall? Has Apple's management frittered away all of its natural advantages? No need to worry too much, at least not yet, say computer-industry analysts. Apple may soon cease to be an independent firm, but the technology it pioneered has changed the world and will undoubtedly have more shelf life than the company itself, experts believe. Thanks to a series of management missteps, Apple is on the ropes and reportedly in takeover talks with one of the rising stars of the computer world, Sun Microsystems Inc. While Apple may fall, there are still an estimated 20 million users of its Macintosh computer, the machine that altered the industry when it was introduced in 1984.
August 12, 1997 |
So it has happened. Luke Skywalker has gone over to the Dark Side. He has turned his back on the Force, pushed Obi Wan Kenobi off his board of directors, and accepted $150 million of Darth Vader's blood money. We are talking, of course, of Steve Jobs and Apple Computer, the once valiant (if not exactly market-savvy) rebel kingdom and its deal with the Evil (well, smug and annoying, anyway) Empire of Bill Gates and his Microsoft Corp. OK, OK, maybe it's just another couple of rich-guy nerds figuring out a way to beat some other rich-guy nerds out of more market-share and you and me out of a few more dollars next time we try to buy the latest OS-this or PC-that.
April 5, 1987 |
Steve Jobs, obnoxious but brilliant, revered and hated, chief guru of the demystification and unsanctification of the computer, was kicked out of Apple Computer Inc. nearly two years ago by John Sculley, the man he had hired to help him run the company. While there was little question that Sculley was better-suited than Jobs for the role of chief executive officer of a $1 billion corporation, that wasn't the only role Jobs had played. The public expected more from Apple than a sensible corporate structure and a fatter bottom line.
December 6, 1999 |
Without bombs, bullets, bayonets or banners, two young men started a revolution that has changed the course of this millennium and millennia to come. When computers were first being tested and incorporated into business and government, no one yet took seriously the idea that personal computing would be a factor in the life of ordinary citizens. It took two computer whiz kids, still college students, to see the potential for common usage. The leading geniuses in the creation of this technology are Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.
November 27, 2011
By Walter Isaacson Simon & Schuster. 630 pp. $35 Reviewed by Michael D. Schaffer Steve Jobs was all about things: elegantly designed things, wondrously innovative things, meticulously made things. Heck, let's steal his own quote: Steve Jobs was all about "insanely great" things. And about people? Not so much. Yelling and humiliation were mainstays of his management style; kindness was rare, meanness was not. Yet, along with the rage went a charisma that mesmerized those who worked with him and for him, drawing them into his dreams, with amazing results.